25 Favorite Albums for 2010

Definitely not the best albums of the year but these were the ones that got heavy rotation in my iPod/iPhone this year.

From top left to right:

  1. The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens
  2. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
  3. Authenticity by The Foreign Exchange
  4. Barbara by We Are Scientists
  5. Broken Bells by Broken Bells
  6. Cloak and Cipher by Land of Talk
  7. Crazy For You by Best Coast
  8. Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) by Mates of State
  9. The Five Ghosts by Stars
  10. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene
  11. Go by Jónsi
  12. High Violet by The National
  13. How I Got Over by The Roots
  14. I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny
  15. Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates by The Bird and The Bee
  16. LeftBack by Little Brother
  17. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
  18. New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) by Erykah Badu
  19. Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos!
  20. The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae
  21. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
  22. Thank Me Later by Drake
  23. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
  24. We Are Born by Sia
  25. The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit

Mixtape for No One #8: 2010 So Far

Since we’ve reached the halfway point of 2010 (and I haven’t done this for awhile), here are some of my favorite songs in 2010 (emphasis on some)

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  1. “Fixed” by Stars (The Five Ghosts)
  2. “Nothing Like You” by Frightened Rabbit (The Winter Of Mixed Drinks)
  3. “There Are Listed Buildings” by Los Campesinos! (Romance Is Boring)
  4. “Cold War” by Janelle Monáe (The ArchAndroid)
  5. “Go Do” by Jónsi (Go)
  6. “All I Want” by LCD Soundsystem (This Is Happening)
  7. “Summer Love” by Georgia Anne Muldrow (King’s Ballad)
  8. “She Makes Me Feel Alright” by Freeway & Jake One (The Stimulus Package)
  9. “Heart Is Breaking” by Ty (featuring Sway & Roses Gabor) (Special Kind Of Fool)
  10. “The Better Life” (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix) by Georg Levin (featuring Clara Hill) (Everything Must Change)
  11. “She Needs Me” by Jamie Lidell (Compass)
  12. “No Surprises” by Regina Spektor
  13. “Dreams” (The Cranberries cover) by Passion Pit (Manners -Bonus Track Version)
  14. “All to All” by Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record)
  15. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” by The National (High Violet)
  16. “Crash Years” by The New Pornographers (Together)
  17. “The High Road” by Broken Bells (Broken Bells)
  18. “Kiss On My List” by The Bird And The Bee (Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall and John Oates)
If you want to download a zip of all the songs, here

Links for January 19th

My 50 Favorite Albums of the 00s

This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50.  The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.

A couple of notes:

  • Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
  • Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
  • Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
  • Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)

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2008: 10 Favorite Albums

This list keeps changing so I’m just going to post it and never look back…

  1. Brain Thrust Mastery by We Are Scientists
  2. Hold On Now, Youngster… by Los Campesinos!
  3. Leave It All Behind by Foreign Exchange
  4. Narrow Stairs by Death Cab For Cutie
  5. Only By The Night by Kings of Leon
  6. Rearrange Beds by An Horse
  7. The Renaissance by Q-Tip
  8. Some People Have Real Problems by Sia
  9. Third by Portishead
  10. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend